Our firm of four accomplished lawyers concentrates on strategic planning for international personnel (e.g. business and family visas, citizenship and worksite audits for companies which may be facing an ICE investigation or engaging in a merger or acquisition. We represent all types of businesses, schools, and universities, athletes, agricultural firms, investors, and individuals seeking a managed plan through the immigration maze.
After active duty training in the Army Reserves and upon graduation from the University of Texas School of Law in December 1972, Rick Gump began his career as the 22nd lawyer at the Dallas law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, formed by Robert S. Strauss and Rick’s father after World War II in 1945. While Rick worked primarily on business structuring and bank representation (bank formation and lending, commercial transactions, etc.), his first immigration client emerged from a bank customer in 1973 when he developed experience in investor visas and labor certifications by opening three ethnic restaurants. By 1993, he made the complete transition to immigration law and opened his own firm to concentrate on assisting businesses and individuals cope with increasingly complicated immigration laws. His background with a sophisticated growing law firm coupled with experience in business, banking and commercial transactions set him apart from many of his colleagues.
For over 45 years Rick has counseled individuals and companies on all types of temporary and permanent business and family visas, investor visas (temporary E-2 and permanent EB-5 visas), sports visas, and naturalization and citizenship issues.
Rick has considerable experience in worksite enforcement (e.g. I-9 inspections by ICE and independent audits of immigration related practices). Rick handled the first employer sanctions case filed in the Southwestern United States under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (“IRCA”), and was co-counsel in one of the largest civil/criminal settlements in worksite compliance history. He advises businesses on risk assessment and strategic planning in order to hire and retain foreign personnel, conduct due diligence in mergers & acquisitions, and create and maintain compliance policies.
Rick was selected by his peers as a Texas Super Lawyer for the past 16 years, Best Lawyers in Dallas 2014-2019, and Texas Lawyer's Go-To-Guide for top notch lawyers.